Worms Nature Study

This week we are studying worms! In the May section of the Spring Nature Study Guide from Outdoor Hour Challenge was a unit on worms. Since it has been especially rainy in our area lately, we went ahead and went with that section for this week’s nature study. Using Anna Botsford Comstock’s Handbook of Nature Study, we read and learned a great deal about earthworms. I found this amazing site called Adventures with Herman from the University of … Read more…

10 Tips for Successful Free Range Nature Study with Preschoolers

Being a Charlotte Mason-esque homeschooler, I strive to give the children lots nature exposure, but living in a suburban housing addition makes nature study difficult. Thankfully, there are several types critters that find their way into our yard on a regular basis. From toads and beetles to grasshoppers and dragonflies, my preschoolers love finding, catching, and observing critters of all kinds. Nature study doesn’t have to be planned, stressful or expensive. In fact, it really should be just the opposite … Read more…

Apologia’s Field Trip Journal Review

  For as long as I have been homeschooling, I have admired those who capture their children’s learning experiences through notebooking. Notebooking and lapbooking are incredibly creative ways for children and families to record memories and things learned throughout the years. There are a great deal of resources out there to help not-so-creative moms like myself by providing ready-made materials. One such product is the Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal from Apologia Educational Ministries. Exploring Creation Field Trip … Read more…

Birds of a Feather – Once a Week Unit Study Review

Birds of a Feather is a once-a-week unit study from Homeschool Legacy that takes a multi-sensory approach to learning all about birds for kids of all ages. Technically, the study is for grades 2-12. However, I used it with my preschoolers. What is a Unit Study? A unit study approach to learning focuses on one particular subject while incorporating a wide variety of academic subjects such as: bible, literature, history, science, geography, arts and crafts, life … Read more…

Nature-Based Middle School Science {Plus a DIY Ant Farm}

I like to be prepared. I like to make lists, plan, organize, prioritize and (hopefully) make things happen on time, with the best possible outcome. Our homeschool and the curriculum we use is no exception. Unfortunately, this has lead to my demise on several occasions. With four school-age children (preschool to high school), another one due in September, a husband with an unpredictable work schedule, two dogs, two rabbits and two chickens… things don’t always work … Read more…